Freaky Fanatics: S.O.P.H.I.E Supporter Nadine

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This is a shout out to Nadine all the way in the UK. She not only gave me a 5 Star Review on Etsy today, but she also submitted this beautiful photo of herself wearing her S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation barrette.

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Doesn’t it look perfect in her ravishing red hair. I just love it.

Want to see more photos submitted by my customers? Check out the Freaky Fanatic Slideshow on my official portfolio website! Don’t forget to send in yours! All Freaky Fanatics who submit a photo get a special discount code to use on their future purchases in my Etsy shop! Contact me for more info or shoot me a message on Etsy!

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LDG Nicole

 

Raven: Officially an IT Girl!

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As you all know from following my posts and checking out the Skinned page of my site, that I find makeup to be an every day necessity but also a form of art. A way to express oneself right on their face 🙂 infomercial-as-seen-on-tv-funnyAlso from past my Raven Review Skin Regimen post you also know that I classify myself as having pale, dry, sensitive skin.  So when it comes to makeup I tend to get picky. Well I am happy to say I have a new line of makeup I decided to give a try after falling for an infomercial (guilty pleasures) and I am quite pleased that I did.

So when I saw the infomercial for the IT Cosmetics Beautiful You Collection I was drawn in. The Bye Bye Foundation which was their main selling point appeared to be a tinted moisturizer with a decent amount of coverage. Now I don’t get mass break outs. I have pretty decent skin and actually get complimented on it a lot (not rubbing it in just giving you an idea on the coverage I need). I do however have pale Irish skin with Italian under eye circles and occasional break outs. So without makeup they ic-kit-5-piece-psstand out like a sore thumb. The fact that I have dry skin and this was an actual moisturizer with SPF and that I didn’t need a ton of coverage I thought why not give it a try. I signed up for the 5 piece trial size kit to see if I would like it. Let’s just say I already called them to renew the subscription in full size products (you customize the kit to your liking and can choose 3 – 8 products depending on what you can afford and need) and they automatically ship it to you based on how often you want them to. Now you can have department store quality products without the annoying snooty bitches behind the counter. They also break the cost of your kit into monthly payments. I wanted them all but I went with the 3 piece set due to my budget and figure when I run out of other things I will go back to them for other full size products and purchase them separately.

Here is my 3 piece kit broken down and why I chose them….

Bye Bye Concealer:
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I never in a million years thought I could find a concealer that would match up to my Physicians Formula Conceal Fx (which I still love) but I have. This stuff covers and stays put! Perfect for my under eye circles and occasional blemishes. I of course get it in the lightest shade called Light. A little goes a long way so don’t be discouraged at how small the tube looks if you order it.

 

Bye Bye Foundation:
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Pretty much the holy grail of the kit and the reason I tried it. This stuff foundn-use-apply-1blends like butter. So smooth and it feels like you don’t have anything on.The bottle design alone is superb. It’s in a tube and when you take the lid off it has a push down top that squirts out the exact amount you need. I use this right after I wash my face in replace of my CeraVe Renewing Lotion step (which I still use this lotion on my face at night after I wash my makeup off and all over my body cause its a miracle in a bottle) squirt it right on to the Heavenly Luxe Brush that came free with my kit (best brush I have ever used and now want all of their brushes). Dab it all over my face and then blend. If I need more coverage I repeat that step. It blends right over the concealer with no problem. Now keep in mind this is a tinted moisturizer. That means its gonna go on dewey (use powder to set it like I do if you want a more matte finish – see powder below). It also means you can build the coverage you need. My face feels amazing the minute it touches my skin. Soft to the touch and genuinely feels moisturized. I feel as though through out the day my face is reaping the benefits of it and soaking it in. The first time I have experienced having makeup that actually looks even better and more natural the longer its on your face. I put this on in the morning and it lasts ALL day! No re-applying! I of course get it in the lightest shade called Light.

Celebration Foundation Powder Compact:

face-celebration-foundationI was highly impressed by everything in the kit except the Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder. Don’t get me wrong it’s not terrible. It just doesn’t work for me. I received the lightest color and it was way too dark for me. Since there was a satisfaction guarantee I called and told them. They were awesome enough to send me the translucent shade for free to try. However, I found my dry skin didn’t like it too much. I am thinking it would be great for someone with more oilier skin or maybe even in the summer months. I contacted them again and they suggested I try the compact version instead. Which I did and LOVE! I prefer a less dewey finish so I use my Bare Minerals Powder Brush (which I plan to eventually replace with one from IT Cosmetics when I can afford it) and dab it into the compact and then do a light dusting all over my face to set the Bye Bye Foundation and take away the shine. It pretty much stands the test of my previous Gabriel Cosmetic’s Powder Foundation which I was using prior to this (and still love) as my stand alone foundation. I feel I could definitely use this alone as foundation the same way if I wanted to or was in a hurry. I also prefer it to the loose powder as I can take it with me. Gives you a flawless finish. I get this in the shade fair.

Here are the items that were in my trial kit that I will buy individually when I run out and the reasons why:

Vitality Face Disc:

facediskThis should be called Bye Bye Blush because this will be replacing my blush for sure. This disc can be used for people who like contouring. I don’t really like the look of contouring. Or should I say the overly contouring that some woman do. I like a much more natural look. I use it more less to add touches of color here and there to my face after my foundation/powder is done. The pink tone is so perfect as blush. Makes my pale face look like Snow White with the perfect tint to my cheeks. Sometimes if i am looking for a less pink look I mix the bronzer and the pink together. That is pretty much the extent I go with bronzer. I use the illuminating powder like fairy dust to add a touch of sparkle to my cheek bones, forehead and chin as hi light. It also works great as a base for eyeshadow.

Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi:

vlipWhere has this miracle in a tube been all my life?  With dry skin comes dry lips. Which is also a pet peeve of mine and causes me to be very picky about lipsticks. It adds moisture to your lips with out having to reapply due to over usage (chapstick addicts rejoice) through out the day. This is the perfect go to when you want just a natural everyday look. The crazy thing is that even though its like this translucent pink color in the tube it has this magical way of bringing color and life to your lips! More like makes your natural lip color look amazing. I now keep this on me in my purse at all times. Anxious to try the other colors.

Hello Lashes Mascara:

hellolashWas I looking for a magic wand that makes my lashes bigger and thicker. No. You know why.. because NO mascara really can do that. All mascara has to do to make me happy is go on with the best precision, not clump like you have bat poop on your lashes and not flake off all over my face. This mascara passed all these tests for me. I was mainly impressed with the wand brush and the way I can use the end to separate my lashes if needed. I also am not experiencing any of that annoying excess clumping of product on the edges of the trial bottle either. So far it’s a winner in my book and I have nothing negative to really say about it except that this is the only product in their line that they claim has gluten in it.

And to show you just how great these products are. mealiceThis photo of me was taken around 6:00pm. I know this because it was in our hotel room right before we were going to get in line to meet Alice Cooper at Days of the Dead. This face makeup was applied at around 9:00am. The only thing I had to reapply was my lipstick which was not a part of this line.

Other parts of my makeup that were not apart of this line were my eyeshadow and eyeliner. Seeing all of their products are cruelty free, I also plan to try their No Tug Eyeliner once I run out of my favorite NYX Glide On Pencil (hooked on Gunmetal). I also would like to see where their Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Trio in Pretty In Plum compares to my favorite (and getting harder to find) Ulta Plum Gorgeous Eyeshadow Duo as well as my back up choice  e.l.f Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavendar Love. If I can switch all my every day use makeup products over to one brand that would be amazing! Now mind you I have a drawer of various makeups but having a go to for all of your everyday products is always a plus! It makes it less stressful when you run  out of something.

Have a product you think will impress me enough to make it to my Raven ReviewsContact me to discuss details. Please note I only post positive reviews of products here. This Eulogy Blog is mainly for my art and I keep these special posts strictly for products I feel are worth sharing and that I actually will use and buy. If the product does not impress me and does not make it to be featured don’t worry….. I will still send you detailed direct feedback of your item so that nothing negative is posted online and you can use it to improve your product.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Raven: Officially Hooked On It’s A 10

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It has been a while since I did a “Raven” review post and the wait was well worth it. As you know I only do these here when I find something I feel I must share with my Freaky Fanatics. I don’t do reviews on every single new thing I try and always make it worth the read. I know I have mentioned impressive hair care products in the past but I have found the holy grail and nothing else compares to my most recent discovery.

I had heard the hype and read many reviews about It’s A 10 hair care products. They were always more expensive from what I was using so I never gave them a chance.  With my recent hair dyeing process of going from all over Plum Black to a more lighter Orchard color, I knew I needed something good to replenish any loss I endured from lightening my hair. I had started using Revlon UniqOne and it was good but it seemed to be weighing my hair down and causing product buildup. I found myself washing my hair more which in turn causes your hair color to fade more quickly even if you are using a sulfate free shampoo.

So I splurged and bought a couple of It’s A 10 products once I ran out of my other stuff. I knew I needed a leave in conditioning treatment of sorts and a styling cream/lotion. Those seem to be the 2 items that my 2C hair always needs.

Due to the price being more expensive and not knowing if the leave in would work for me, I went with the 4 oz bottle of their Miracle Leave In With Keratin and then the 5 oz bottle of their Miracle Styling Cream. I was able to get them pretty reasonable from Amazon vs buying them at the store.

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I had thought that since I was growing my hair out that my natural curl/wave was just sortof growing out and losing its bounce. I was using my curling iron more often to even out pieces of my hair that were not curling like other pieces etc. Boy was I wrong. My first day of switching to these products I saw the life come back into my hair. I took a shower at night before bed. I let my hair air dry and I looked like Curly Sue ha ha. In the morning when I went to style my hair I was impressed. My bang area always seems to curl the most and I always straighten that area to be more wavey around my face. That literally was all I had to do to my hair where heat was concerned. I “water bottle” sprayed the rest of my hair to dampen it just a tad and get rid of bed head. I then sprayed a little more of the Miracle Leave In and applied a little more styling cream to some minimal frizzy spots. It dried beautifully, it smelled great and my hair FEELS amazing! My ends were so happy they didn’t get a visit from Mr. Curling Iron ha ha.

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Well I am hooked and now know why so many people love their products. I will definitely be buying more of both products and am excited to try more of what they offer!

Have a product you want me to try? Contact me and if your product impresses me enough it might just make it to my Raven Reviews!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Raven: New Affordable Drug Store Products For My 2C Hair Regimen

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So I know I did a previous raven post about Organix Curling Perfection – Defining Cream made of moraccan argan oil and claimed it to be my hairs new best friend. However I had to stop using it. It is still a great product but I have found that alot of the curling creams seem to weigh my curls down. I have 2C wavey like curls and as all curly haired girls know you can’t wash your hair everyday or it will dry it out. Build up from curling creams and oils was just too much for my hair. Not only do they cause build up but parts of my hair wouldn’t spring up and was causing me to use my heat styling tools too much to compensate. We all know that can lead to damage and our evil enemies….breakage and frizz. I also was finding that i needed to use a lot of the product to get a really well defined look causing more build up. Seeing my hair was not coarse and needing that much added moisturizer I decided to look for a new product.

I happened to be shopping in CVS with my husband Frank and stopped in the hair care product aisle to see if they had something affordable for a trial run. I had been reading a lot of reviews online about products but doing a trial with a $30 – $40 product that might work for someone else but not for me landed me in the drug store. That is when I came across Marc Anthony’s Strictly Curls products. They stood out in their bright yellow packaging and had the words CURLS in big letters on them. That definitely caught my attention of course (good job product design and marketing team). It was between the Curl Envy Styling Cream or the Curl Defining Lotion. Well seeing I learned my lesson that creams are too much for my hair and the label even said for coarse frizzy hair I was leaning towards the lotion. The consistancey of the product was more liquidy and stated it was for soft yet defined frizz free curls. Frank also pointed out how much bigger the bottle was and said “for only $8 give it a try”. The fact that it smelled like lemon meringue pie sealed the deal!

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My new regimin right now consists of washing and conditioning my hair with the Loreal Paris Repair 5 products*. I always use a wide toothed comb in the shower when the conditioner is in my hair. For those who don’t know this… that is how us curl haired girls have to comb our hair. Combing your hair while it is dry is a frizz head of extreme disaster.

*I occassionally use their Dry Oil from this line when my hair needs some extra moisture and concentrate on the ends only. I find I can’t use it all the time because the oil can clog pores around your neckline and ears. Also the Damage Erasing Balm is amazing. Great to use on curly hair once a week or after dying or miss treating your hair in any way. 

After washing and conditioning I gently towel dry my hair to get excess water out. I use a leave in conditioning heat protectant spray from root to ends. I usually use Got2B Guardian Angel. It says its for straigtening your hair (which I do once in a blue moon) but it’s one of the rare sprays like this that does what it says and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

After that I put the Marc Anthony Curling Lotion in my hands and distribute it evenly all over my hair. I either blow dry with a diffuser while lightly “scrunching” my hair or I scrunch it a little and let it air dry. I do still style my hair once it is dry and use a curling iron to fix any crazy pieces of hair that have a mind of their own. I finish off with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hair Spray as needed.

For 2nd day hair I use John Frieda Frizz-Ease Style Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray. I spray it evenly on my curls and lighting scrunch to give them revived bounce. I use my curling iron where needed and then use a small amount of the Marc Anthony Curling Lotion on any frizzy fly away parts and use my Frizz-Ease hair spray as needed.

I do wish the lemon meringue pie smell lingered a little in the hair but I found that it was only really present when I first applied it. I am just happy to find a new product that works and is affordable!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Raven: Skin Regimen Products

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So it comes at rather perfect timing to do my first raven review post. I just got an email from a friend who told me how grateful she was that I shared my skin regimen with her. Not only is her skin softer but the dry flakey skin and redness is already starting to get better after only 3 days of doing what I do.

So for my Freaky Fanatics I am going to let you in on my secret for dry sensitive skin!

As you all already know I am a pale white girl ha ha. Some have even referred to me as looking like a porcelain doll cause of my skin and big eyes. I consider it a compliment but it also means taking care of my skin to keep getting those compliments. Some of you may or may not know that with pale skin often comes sensitive skin. I got that along with mine as well as these fun dry patches that like to make fun random appearances at the wrong times.

Well after many years of trial and error I have found a regimen that seems to be working for me. It also seems to be working for my friend after only 3 days so it might be worth sharing with all of you. You might be pleasantly surprised that these products are also easy to come by and won’t break your bank!

Facial Wash: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
This stuff is great and is by far the best facial cleanser I have ever used. It cleans your face without leaving you with that feeling of someone stretching your skin back like a Cenobite and sucking the life out of what little moisture you have left.

Body Soap: Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap
I read about this soap a while ago and decided to give it a try. Well I ended up switching to it permantly and ever since I did my body no longer get random skin rashes on my sensitive skin. I even use it to shave. Which means no more harsh chemical soaps and shaving creams for this girl anymore!

Facial Moisturizer/Body Lotion: CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion
I originally purchased this lotion by CeraVe for my body and when I realized the miracle it was doing (to the point my husband told me “wow babe your skin is like extra soft” I thought why not try it on my face. So glad I did and won’t be looking back. I literally wash my face, dry it off and then put a layer of this on. Then I move on to my makeup. Simple, easy and it works! I apply it all over my body after I shower too.


Foundation: Gabriel Organic Dual Powder Foundation
I love this stuff! I went from liquid foundation, concealer and powder to just concealer and this dual powder foundation. I literally wash my face, lotion up, put on some Physician’s Formula Conceal RX concealer (best concealer ever!) and then cover my face in this amazing powder foundation. Of course I do blush, eye makeup and lipstick but for my all over foundation this is my go to! It’s not only organic but it’s also cruelty and gluten free!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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Creature Feature: lucie39s alluring blog: Sunday Spotlight Feature on LivingDeadGirlNicole!

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I got an awesome little surprise in my Etsy Convos today from Lori who runs the Allu Ring Shop on Etsy.

She does a Sunday Spotlight Feature on her blog and this week she has chosen my work to feature!

How awesome is that? Very!

So please take a moment to go over to her blog and read her little write up on yours cruelly!

lucie39s alluring blog: Sunday Morning Blogging with a Spotlight Feature on LivingDeadGirlNicole!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole